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Manpower (1941)

Approved | | Drama | 9 August 1941 (USA)
Hank McHenry and Johnny Marshall work on a road crew for the power company. In a freak accident Hank is injured and is promoted to foreman of the gang. One night Hank and Johnny meet Fay ... See full summary »

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Jumbo Wells
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Omaha
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Dolly
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Smiley Quinn
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Eddie Adams
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Sidney Whipple
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Scarlett
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Flo
Egon Brecher ...
Pop Duval
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Cully
Joseph Crehan ...
Sweeney
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Al Hurst
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Hank McHenry and Johnny Marshall work on a road crew for the power company. In a freak accident Hank is injured and is promoted to foreman of the gang. One night Hank and Johnny meet Fay Duval in a clip joint, but tensions start to show in the road crew as rivally between Hank and Johnny increases. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Raft and Robinson are at the brawling point!

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Herzen in Flammen  »

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(Turner library print)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Humphrey Bogart was originally cast in this film, but George Raft refused to work with him. See more »

Goofs

After Johnny bails Fay out of jail, they are seen walking together down a stairway at the police station. When they arrive at the first landing, as they turn and continue to descend the stairs, the shadow of the microphone boom can be seen on the wall behind them. See more »

Quotes

Hank 'Gimpy' McHenry: [Last Lines] Did anyone yell headache when I was coming down?
Johnny Marshall: Sure.
Hank 'Gimpy' McHenry: I'm glad nobody got hurt.
[Hank dies]
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Referenced in Summer of '42 (1971) See more »

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I'm in No Mood for Music Tonight
(1941) (uncredited)
Music by Friedrich Hollaender
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Possibly played instrumentally
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Silly and predictable, but still fun
20 September 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is not one of Warner Brothers' finest films, as the writing is pretty silly at times and terribly predictable. For example, when the character "Pop" appeared, I said to my daughter that that old guy would have to die in the film--and about 20 minutes later, sure enough, he had assumed room temperature! In fact, throughout the film, the action was pretty ordinary and often telegraphed. Despite starring Edward G. Robinson, Marlene Dietrich and George Raft, the film had a definite "B-movie" feel to it due to the shallow plot and rather one-dimensional characters. This one-dimensionality was especially true with Robinson, as he was amazingly pugnacious and impossible to believe throughout.

Now despite all this and the overall ordinary nature of the film, it still is rather entertaining and worth a look if there is nothing better on television. Not a great film but a decent time-passer.

By the way, a few years earlier, Warner Brothers made a somewhat similar film called SLIM. While MANPOWER is not exactly a re-make, they both have a lot of similarities and involve death and danger on the power lines.


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